Motorola could in many ways be considered the black sheep of the Smartphone manufacturing world – it’s never quite gone along with the pack. When the rest of the industry was finding its feet Motorola was pioneering weird and wonderful market-leading devices, but now the Smartphone industry has got into full swing they seem to have crawled into a dark corner and rarely pop out to make themselves known.
Over recent year, Motorola became perhaps most famous of all for the once genre-defining Razr Smartphone, which in times gone by was considered a true marvel. And despite being quickly overtaken by various other combatants at the highest-end of the market, Motorola has once again thrown down the very same gauntlet with the arrival of the Motorola Razr HD.
So, with a new arsenal of hardware under the hood and a superb form factor top to bottom, how does the Motorola Razr HD fare against today’s unstoppable front-runners?
Well, Motorola has upped the ante from the previous Razr i with a new 4.7-inch screen, which in the case of the Razr HD isn’t edge-to-edge. The overall aesthetic is much more minimalist with capacitive buttons removed and even the Motorola logo more discreet than before, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show.
Under the hood you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, backed by 1GB of RAM and storage up to 32GB with micro-SD expansion. The 2,500mAh battery also stands right up there with the best of them and yet manages to keep the Razr HD superbly light and handlable.
The question of how the Razr HD measures up to its rivals however is a different subject altogether as while all of the above and a striking 312ppi pixel density certainly hits the spot, there’s simply nothing mold-breaking or truly defining to write home about with the Razr HD.
As such, it’s back to the shadows for Motorola until we eventually see what the company’s collaborate efforts with Google breed later this year – namely the fabled Motorola Nexus X or the Google Nexus 5.